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944 Auto trans swap?

What can be done to improve/replace the weak Audi automatic transmission in 944's? How feasable is a swap from a 928? Almost 60% of 928's sold in the US were automatics and the 5 litre V-8 produced a ton more HP/torque than a 944. Has anyone ever heard of a 928-to-944 auto tranny swap before? Or any other solution? I know the 968's had the Triptronic transmissions, but I don't think that there's much of a surplus of those available. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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would you consider a 5sp conversion?
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928 used a mercedes autobox..it was a 3(later four) speed designed to handle that much grunt.


the 928 box is too long to fit on the 944 chassis and wouldn't fit on the torque tube anyway.

get a 968 autobox, or a 5-speed manual





or a 928
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No, unfortunately a manual trans is no longer feasable for me. I've had problems with my feet due to diabetes and driving an auto is difficult enough without a clutch pedal. I've always had mauals in my past cars so this is a major departure for me. Most posts and reviews I've seen on 944's say the autos were real dogs, unlike the 928's where they were the preferred trans. But I'd like to avoid the complexity and related expenses associated with the 928's V8 engine. I know the 944 is essentialy half of a 928's engine, at least as far as the head assembly, but the related costs between the two can be major. I'll probably have to narrow my search to a later 968 although I actually like the earlier 944 body style. Thanks for your input.
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968 auto trans

I found a rebuilt 968 auto trans for $2100.00 + $1000.00 core on www.automotix.net. How much of an effort would it be to use a 968 tranny in a 944? Would it mate up directly to the 944 differential, or would I need to replace the entire transaxle with that from a 968? Has anyone ever heard of someone doing this before?
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I don't think swapping in a 928 trans in a 944 (if it could be done, which it most certainly can't without changes to the chassis) would help the car be any less of a dog. the cars already arre starved for horsepower IMO, and going through a 3 speed slushbox, weather a 944 or a 928 version, doesn't help those matters. Increased efficiency and responsiveness is what makes the 5 speeds less doggy.

Your best option is the 968 tiptronic.

The 968 tiptronic internals will not just fit into the 944 auto box. There is no similarities whatsoever. The entire transaxle must be replaced. This has been done before with 968 6 speeds. They require slight changes to the mounting to the chassis but it can be done. The tiptronic should have similar mounting issues but it is possible I am sure. The problem is the cost to do this is outrageous compared to the cost of selling the 944 and just buying a tiptronic 968 in the first place. After it is all said and done you would come out probably slightly even. A daily driver quality 968 tip goes for around $10K-12K. It would be much much more satisfying as the 968 actually makes some POWER.
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do you already have an auto 944? if you do and it is working , just use it as is.
ive had auto 944's before and they are not the worst car around, my cousin has one and prefers it to "stay out of trouble"

if yo do a 968 trans swap, do the rubber dampner at the same time, or consider a 968 which is a similliar body style
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besides, i doubt seriously that the 944 makes anywhere near enough power to destroy an automatic.

remember that ATF is your friend and prevents alot of damage that could happen with a stickshift.
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besides, i doubt seriously that the 944 makes anywhere near enough power to destroy an automatic.

remember that ATF is your friend and prevents alot of damage that could happen with a stickshift.
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Hi Guys, I really appreciate your feedback. I don't currently have a 944, just looking to get back into one. I had an '83 944, manual, and loved it, had to sell a couple of years ago before a bankruptcy took it.

I've been overseas for the past four years and will be heading back stateside soon to retire. Unfortunately, a bout with diabetes has left me with some permanent nerve damage in my feet and I won't be doing any more high performance driving. I need to look at an automatic as an alternative.

I've been looking at the availability of 968's with tiptronics via eBay over the web but as the Brit's say, "they're pretty thin on the ground." An older 928 would be an option, but having already owned a 944 "mistress", I know what might happen to the bank account. I hate to resign myself to a Volvo stationwagon or something similar.

Steve Smith

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